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  • Published: 4 January 2002
  • ISBN: 9781864710045
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $19.99
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Bettany's Book




The epic Australian novel that was inspired by a diary Tom Keneally discovered while researching The Great Shame.

The epic Australian novel that was inspired by a diary Tom Keneally discovered while researching The Great Shame.

When Sydney film producer Dimp Bettany discovers the memoirs of her ancestors, John Bettany and Sarah Bernard, she is convinced she has found the vehicle for her next masterpiece.

Filtered through Dimp's correspondence with her sister, Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, we are drawn into the lives of John Bettany, a man far ahead of his time, as he shares his vivid impressions of a new colony, and his future wife Sarah, a former convict who has been interred in the notorious Female Factory and who has a close friendship with an English murderess.

  • Pub date: 4 January 2002
  • ISBN: 9781864710045
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Tom Keneally

Thomas Keneally was born in 1935 and his first novel was published in 1964. Since then he has written a considerable number of novels and non-fiction works. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler's List and The People's Train. He has won the Miles Franklin Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Prize, the Mondello International Prize and has been made a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library, a Fellow of the American Academy, recipient of the University of California gold medal, and is now the subject of a 55 cent Australian stamp.

He has held various academic posts in the United States, but lives in Sydney.

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Praise for Bettany's Book

“Should we still be seeking the Great Australian Novel, this could be it... A masterly book, lyrical and lucid, engaged and astute, modest and wise”

The Australian


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